Transit Date of principal star:
31 January

Pyxis, "The Compass", is one of Nicolas Louis de Lacaille's creations. He called it "Pyxis Nautica" (The Nautical Box, or Mariner's Compass).

The constellation's Bayer stars range from third to fifth magnitude.

Double stars:

Zeta Pyxidis is a wide binary with faint companion: 5.0, 9.6; PA 59, separation 51.3".

Epsilon Pyx also has a rather faint companion: 5.6, 9.5; PA 147, separation 17.7".

For a more detailed appreciation of Pyxis, visit the Binocular Section.

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